Western Digital Recovery Software & How to Use It

You can easily perform Western Digital file recovery as long as you find one reliable Western Digital recovery software, here are 4choices below, and take care of the factors affecting success rate.


By Ivy / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Western Digital(WD) is a famous hard drive manufacturer, including hard disk drives, solid-state drives, and flash-based storage devices, known for its high performance. It stores data on rapidly spinning platters with magnetic surfaces, making them a reliable choice.

However, data loss may occur due to different reasons, such as accidental deletion, formatting, disk failure, etc. Fortunately, there are many Western Digital recovery software, MyRecover, developed by AOMEI Tech., to help you get your data back quickly.

Reasons Behind Western Digital Data Loss

Data loss can be a nightmare for most Western Digital hard disk drive users. Reasons for data loss include accidental deletion, formatting, virus or malware attacks, power failures, partition corruption, and various other unforeseen circumstances.

🚫Accidental deletion It's one of the biggest data loss scenarios. You may simply click the "Delete" button or "Shift + Delete" keys, or accidentally delete files while cleaning the disk, etc.
❎Formatting When you insert the WD hard drive, you may be asked to format it and inadvertently click the "Format" option, causing data loss. Or other scenarios require formatting.
🦠Virus or malware attacks Viruses or malware may reside on your WD drive or the system in which it is inserted as a result of visiting suspicious websites, clicking unknown links, and so on.
🦯Power failure A sudden power cut or outage during the file transfer process or any other write operation may cause data loss. Try to use a UPS power supply, a backup of your battery, which gives you some time to save your data.
💿Partition corruption Damaged partition table, improper formatting, virus or malware attacks, etc can cause partition corruption as well as data loss.

Regarding Western Digital disk recovery, MyRecover will be the first choice, it’s faster and simpler than the tedious and time-consuming manual data recovery process. Itis compatible with all WD drives, including WD Blue, My Book Pro, WD Elements, My Book Studio, etc.

Free Download of Western Digital Recovery Software

MyRecover is designed to scan and retrieve data from different hard drives, such as Western Digital, Samsung, Seagate, SanDisk, Transcend, Kingston, etc. in Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, etc. It has a high success rate and fast recovery speed.

Reliable Western Digital Recovery Software
  • Recover data in any scenario, such as accidental deletion, formatting, virus infection, damaged disk, and more.
  • Retrieve 200+ file formats: Recover Word documents, Excel, PPT, JPG, GIF, 3FR, MP3, MP4, MOV, VWM, ANI, ZIP, etc.
  • Two advanced scanning methods: Quick Scan and Deep Scan. It will scan the WD disk quickly and deeply and find all the deleted files on it.
  • Filter and preview deleted or lost files on the WD disk through file type, date modified, size, and path.
  • Support all types of Western Digital drives including WD Green, WD Blue, WD_BLACK, WD Book, WD My Passport, WD Elements, etc.

How to Use the Western Digital Recovery Tool

MyRecover is a Western Digital recovery tool for a variety of users, from newbies to technicians, and has a high success rate. So you can use it to recover data from Western Digital hard drive effortlessly.

❌ Warning:

It's worth noting that Western Digital encrypts data in external USB hard drives such as "My Book" or "Passport" drives, even with a password. Please be sure theUSB-to-SATA interface board containing the encryption chip is working properly. Otherwise, Western Digital data recovery software becomes useless.

Steps to recover data from Western Digital hard drive effortlessly

Step 1. Open Western Digital data recovery software - MyRecover. Then, hover the mouse over your WD disk containing deleted or lost files and click Scan.

 Start Scan

Step 2. It will run Quick Scan and Deep Scan automatically to find all the deleted or lost files on the WD disk. Go to the original location of your files or click the "Filter" feature to locate them quickly.
  • Type: It will contain all the file types in the WD drive, such as, images, videos, documents, mails, webpage, compressed files, etc.
  • Data Modified: It supports today, yesterday, last 7 days, last 30 days, and custom. To recover deleted files at a specific time period, try the last option.
  • Size: It allows you to filter file size from less than 128KB to 128KB ~1MB to 1MB ~ 512MB and above, or custom.

 Filter and Preview

Step 3. Once you find the deleted or lost files, select them and click Recover xxx files. It will then ask you to select a location to store them. Please select a new location instead of the original location to prevent data overwriting.

 Recover Data from Western Digital Drive

Other Popular Western Digital Data Recovery Software

Also, there is some other popular Western Digital data recovery software, such as Recuva, R-Studio, Recoverit, Disk Drill, etc. and we will introduce you in detail.

1. Recuva


Recuva is a free Western Digital data recovery software, developed by Piriform Software, to recover pictures, music, documents, videos, emails, and any other file type you’ve lost in Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. It also supports a low-cost $24.95 Professional edition and a $39.95 CCleaner Professional Plus edition.


  • Free version available.
  • Lower prices.
  • Clear and simple interface.
  • File previews.


  • Recover fewer files.
  • Windows version only.

2. R-Studio


Studio developed by R-Tools Tech. Inc. is a cross-platform Western Digital recovery software. It supports not only typical file recovery, but also disk imaging, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, and file previews. You can also recover data over the network. However, its interface is quite technical, you may find it difficult to use, especially for the first time.


  • Cross-platform: Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Satisfy comprehensive data recovery needs.
  • Emergency version: boot a computer from flash drive or CD disk.
  • Offer extra features, such as network recovery, disk imaging, RAID reconstruction, etc.


  • Technical interface.
  • Expensive (from $49.99 to $899).
  • Limited types of file previews.
  • Can’t recover files larger than 256KB in the Demo mode.
  • High RAM consumption

3. Recoverit


Recoverit, developed by Wondershare, is another choice for a Western Digital recovery tool that works well in multiple data loss scenarios. It supports two data recovery modes: recover files from location or in types. Filters and file sorting are available too.


  • Free version available.
  • Cross-platform: Windows and Mac.
  • Scan specific folders
  • Extra features, such as bootable disk, video repair, NAS recovery, etc.


  • Pop-up ads.
  • Finicky file preview feature.
  • Take hours to recover a large amount of files.
  • Relative expensive.

4. Disk Drill


Disk Drill, developed by CleverFiles, will be a top choice of Western Digital recovery tool and applies to different data loss scenarios. It offers users both free edition and premium editions to meet different user’s needs.


  • Free version available, file recovery up to 500MB. 50% discount for last version and 20% for education and non-profits.
  • Cross-platform: Windows and Mac. You can even activate both of them using one license key.
  • Various storage media and file types.
  • Organize results including Deleted, Existing, and reconstructed, and mount them as a virtual disk.
  • Extra features, file previews, disk imaging, partition recovery, S.M.A.R.T monitoring, RAID recovery, etc.


  • Expensive.
  • Meaningless recovery vault folder names.
  • Doesn’t show file condition or quality in the scan results.


FAQs on Western Digital Data Recovery

If you still have questions about Western Digital file recovery, check the following contents.

1. Does Western Digital have data recovery?
WD has partnered with Ontrack, a top data recovery service company, for different data loss scenarios. If your disk is still under warranty, try to contact the company for repair. Note it is not responsible for user error and will charge a substantial fee for file recovery.
2. How do I recover data from Western Digital external hard drive?
  • Connect your WD external hard drive to your computer and be sure it’s recognized.
  • Run the Western Digital recovery tool - MyRecoverand select your WD disk for scanning.
  • Preview and select the deleted files on the WD hard drive.
  • Click the restore button and select a new location to store the recovered data.
3. How can I fix my WD external hard drive not being recognized?
  • Try changing the USB port or USB cable first. Or connect it to another machine.
  • Add or change the drive letter of the WD disk.
  • Update the WD external hard drive driver.
  • Run chkdsk to check and fix file system errors or existing bad sectors.
  • Replace the damaged WD external disk with a new one.
4. Is WD Backup still supported?
WD Backup is end of support on August 22, 2022. So you cannot use it to create a schedule automated backup at periodic intervals.
5. Is there any alternative to WD Backup?
Yes, we recommend you use Windows schedule automatic backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard. It’s free of charge and supports different schedule backup settings, such as daily, weekly, monthly, etc.
Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.